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Today’s Over-Hyped Movie: The Avengers

Published June 5, 2012 - 12 Comments

Let’s just get this out of the way now… I am not a comic book guy.  I had a couple of comics when I was a kid, but it was never my thing.  So I don’t know all the ins and outs of every character.  I don’t know who their arch enemies are, or what they do for their day job.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a well-crafted story with spectacular visual effects, though.  Before seeing the first Iron Man movie, I had no idea what the hero was like, but I was quickly sold on the franchise.  Captain America was a little different for me.  I find him a rather dull, but understand why he must be included, since he was the first super hero.  The Thor movie seemed to me like it was put together simply to allow Thor and Loki to be included in the inevitable Avengers flick.  I think the casting of both characters is perfect, and enjoy their interaction on screen.. even if the movie itself was somewhat lacking for me.  I never did see either of the recent Hulk movies.  Big green guy with an unpleasant disposition?  Been there.

But having said all of that… I thought The Avengers was a good movie.

GOOD?!?  NOT GREAT?!?  NOT FANTASTIC?!?!  NOT THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE?

No.  Good.

For weeks all I’ve been seeing on Twitter has been how awesome The Avengers is, and how people couldn’t wait to see it again.  It smashed records left and right, becoming the first motion picture to reach revenues of $1B  in only 19 Days.  Not too shabby!  But why?  What is it about The Avengers that separates it from the rest of the pack?  Is the world full of closet comic book geeks?  Surely there are many, but $1B worth?  That seems unlikely.

I understand that my opinion will not be a popular one.  I’m aware of only one other person who has publicly defied the masses.  And neither of us tore the movie apart.  We simply stated that it was good.  Will I watch it again?  I’m sure that I will.  It won’t be any time soon, and it definitely won’t be in the theatre, but I’m sure that my kids will want to see it when it becomes available in a few months.  Maybe my opinion will evolve the second time around.

Until then, I still think that it was a good movie.

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If You Have to Sit Through an Advertisment at a Movie… Might as Well be a Good One!

Published June 17, 2010 - 4 Comments

I can’t stand the fact that I have to watch ads when I go to see a movie in the theatre!  I pay $9.99 just to see the movie, another $13.49 for some overly-salted popcorn, medium watered-down Coke, and a bag of Skittles… and I STILL have to sit through commercials before the show starts!? And it’s never just one or two… no, Iron Man 2 showed five advertisements before it started!  Five of them!  Granted, the last one was that adorable Telus hippopotamus who swam around and smiled, while reminding everyone to turn off their cellphones.  I don’t mind him at all.  In fact, I see that he has his very own Facebook page, with way more friends than I will ever hope to have.  I’m so jealous of the Telus Hippo.

But I digress…

The commercials at these movies are generally ones that have appeared on TV before, which only bothers me even more!  Why not come up with something special?

Well, I don’t know where they got this advertisement for Old Spice, but it’s hilarious!  I’m sure that this has probably been on TV, but I just haven’t seen it, since most of my TV viewing is done online nowadays.  I was quite literally laughing out loud, as were many other people in the theatre.  I talked about it afterward with my buddy who was there to watch the movie with me.  He loved it too.  “I wonder how many ‘takes’ it took to get that right?” , he thought.  I have no idea, but it’s so smooth…  makes me want to run out and buy some Old Spice!

Oh, I see that it was uploaded to YouTube 4 months ago, so it’s not new.  But that’s ok… if you’ve seen it before, well, enjoy it again!

“Look at your man, now back to me, now back to your man, now back to me.  Sadly, he isn’t me.”

“I’m on a horse.”

Love it!  🙂

Movie Time! Iron Man 2

Published June 17, 2010 - 1 Comment

I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to get a chance to see Iron Man 2 in the theatre!  Every time that I wanted to go see it, it didn’t match up with someone else’s schedule.  I was even prepared to go see it myself if I had to!  (Yes, I know.. how lame)

But tonight was the night!  And what did I think of it?  Very good!

Here’s the back story of me and Iron Man.  I’m not a comic book guy.  I don’t really know anything about the “official” story of Iron Man, and that’s just fine with me.  When I saw the first movie, I really had no expectations, and was pleasantly surprised.. blown away, in fact!  I probably could not have named anything that Robert Downey Jr had been in until that point, but when I finished watching the first Iron Man, I was hooked.  On Downey, and Iron Man!

I’m not going to bother reviewing the movie.  I will say this.. the effects are amazing (how often do I say that? Haha!), Scarlett Johansson looks amazing (sorry, couldn’t resist!), Mickey Rourke plays a very believable bad-ass, and the writing is top notch!  Most of the dialogue is very good!  Watch the exchanges between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).  It’s very clever.

But my favourite line in the whole movie was delivered by Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell)  “I’d love to leave my door unlocked at night, but this ain’t Canada.” How awesome is that?!?

Now, I’ve heard some people complain that they didn’t like the movie because Tony Stark was too cocky or full of himself.  And to those people I say… “SO???? ISN’T THAT THE WHOLE POINT?”   Yeah, he’s an self-absorbed, arrogant ass.  Sure he’s a narcissistic bastard.  Absolutely, he’s a horrible womanizing hound.  But that’s how *I* need my Tony Stark to be!  I don’t want him to be all dark and mopey.. in touch with his inner self… If I wanted that, I’d watch Spiderman or Superman.  No, Tony Stark is a brilliant, arrogant, wildly rich man who enjoys his position in Life immensely, and anything less than that would be untrue to what *I* think it means to be Tony Stark… or Iron Man!

I’d welcome any thoughts on the matter  🙂

Go see this movie!  🙂